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SCCE Compliance and Ethics Institute – Eugene Soltes and How Compliance Programs Works

by Thomas Fox on

The first full day of the SCCE 2017 Compliance and Ethics Institute (CEI) featured a talk by Eugene Soltes, an associate professor at Harvard Business School and author of “Why They Do It”. For this book Soltes spent over...more

For the Benefit of Mr. Kite – Fiction in the World of Quality Assurance

by Thomas Fox on

The basics were laid out by Peter Wells and Emiko Terazono in a Financial Times (FT) article entitled “Kobe Steel scandal hits Boeing, Toyota and Nissan”. The Japanese company admitted it had falsified “inspection data on an...more

The Fraud Triangle, Rationalizations and Compliance Programs

by Thomas Fox on

The fraud triangle is well-known to most compliance practitioners. Its third sides are pressure, opportunity and rationalization. When these three factors converge, there is danger of an ethical lapse which could lead to...more

Midnight Cruising with Steely Dan – Finding Patterns in Raked Leaves

by Thomas Fox on

Last Friday on September 1, I began a new installment of my year-long podcast series, where each month I focus on a different compliance topic. This month, I am focusing on innovation in compliance....more

White Collar Watch (July 2017 • Vol 1, Issue 2)

by Blank Rome LLP on

Welcome to the summer edition of Blank Rome’s White Collar Watch. In a world that seems to bring new challenges daily—such as the global cybersecurity attacks that were launched in late June—this newsletter is designed to...more

What Happened in Oslo Shouldn’t Stay in Oslo - Corporate Compliance Insights

Fresh on the heels of the Anti-Korrupsjons+Konferansen in Norway, Richard Bistrong offers a look inside the conference and details some of the key takeaways. Originally published in Corporate Compliance Insights....more

Preparing for an Investigation

by Thomas Fox on

The Department of Justice’s (DOJ) Evaluation of Corporate Compliance Programs (Evaluation), under Prong 7 Confidential Reporting and Investigation asks the following: Properly Scoped Investigation by Qualified Personnel – How...more

English Court Questions the Application of Litigation Privilege in Criminal Investigations

On 8 May 2017, the English High Court of Justice handed down judgment in The Director of the Serious Fraud Office v. Eurasian Natural Resources Corporation Ltd,1 which could significantly limit the application of litigation...more

First 100 Days of the Trump Administration and The FCPA – Same As It Ever Was

by Thomas Fox on

Over the weekend, we had the first 100 days of the Trump administration. To commemorate this constructed time for review of any new administration I gathered the Everything Compliance podcast panel of Mike Volkov, Jay Rosen,...more

Termination of a Third-Party – Planning Can Reduce the Pain

by Thomas Fox on

The European concern Airbus has been in the news recently for corruption issues. According to an article in the Financial Times (FT), entitled “Airbus sued by middlemen fired following fraud inquiry”, its annual report lists...more

Brazilian Corruption Scandals Continue

by Thomas Fox on

The stench of corruption continues to bedevil Brazil, even as the clean-up initiated with Operation Car Wash is ongoing. This time, allegations of bribery and corruption have reached one of Brazil’s most prestigious exports,...more

Understanding the New DOJ Guidance: Part 1 – Tone at the Top

In February, the Department of Justice’s Fraud Section offered a new perspective on what the government expects in a compliance program in the form of a series of questions that companies should be prepared to answer about...more

Justice Department Reveals How It Evaluates Corporate Compliance Programs

by Holland & Knight LLP on

The U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) Fraud Section recently published its "Evaluation of Corporate Compliance Programs" that lists 1) the topics it explores and 2) the questions it asks when it assesses the effectiveness of a...more

First ‘Trial of the Century’ and the SQM FCPA Enforcement Action – Part II

by Thomas Fox on

Today I conclude my two-part series on the recent Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA) enforcement action involving the Chilean chemicals and mining company Sociedad Química y Minera de Chile (SQM), which agreed to pay a...more

Foreign Corrupt Practices Act 2016 Year-End Update

by BakerHostetler on

2016 was a record-setting year for Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (“FCPA”) enforcement, as both the U.S. Department of Justice (“DOJ”) and the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (“SEC”) recovered well over $2 billion in...more

Recidivism Under the FCPA: Zimmer Biomet

by Thomas Fox on

Last week Zimmer Biomet Holdings, Inc. paid a high price for its and its predecessors failure to comply with the terms and conditions of 2012 Deferred Prosecution Agreement (the “2012 DPA”). Biomet, having originally paid $23...more

Compliance Isn’t Going Away (and neither should you) – Part I

by Thomas Fox on

Yesterday I presented my views on why I believe that Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA) enforcement will continue under the new administration. Today, I want to begin a multi-part series (sorry I don’t know how long it will...more

When the Compliance Counsel Speaks, CCOs Should Listen

by Thomas Fox on

I was recently having breakfast with a colleague and we were discussing the Department of Justice’s (DOJ) Compliance Counsel Hui Chen and what we believe to be the positive impact she has had on the compliance community,...more

The Foreign Corrupt Practices Act’s One-Year “Pilot Program” Nears The Halfway Mark

by Snell & Wilmer on

The Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (“FCPA”) prohibits both United States and foreign corporations and nationals from offering or paying, or authorizing the offer or payment, of anything of value to a foreign government...more

From Altamont to Airbus

by Thomas Fox on

What was one of the most tragic events in the history of rock and roll? High up on the list must rank the Altamont concert, held at Altamont Race Track on December 6, 1969. It was so bad that many people felt the 60s actually...more

Foreign Corrupt Practices Act 2015 Update

by BakerHostetler on

Despite a decline in enforcement actions by the Securities Exchange Commission (“SEC”) and the Department of Justice (“DOJ”), the first half of 2015 has continued to highlight the relevance and ever-evolving effects of the...more

HorrorFest 2015 Celebration I- The Films of Val Lewton and a Win for the DOJ

by Thomas Fox on

Today, October 2, is the first Friday in October so I begin my annual month of Friday HorrorFest Film highlights. This year I wanted to highlight the films of one of the great unknowns of horror films, Val Lewton. Lewton, a...more

Once You Start Bribing – I Guess It Is Hard To Stop

by Gray Reed & McGraw on

News came out last week that chiropractor Stephen Jacobs of Lowell, MA is in hot water with the feds. Dr. Jacobs allegedly paid an IRS auditor $5,000 in cash to ignore two deductions he improperly took on this 2011 income...more

Weekly Recap Ethics News and Trends – January 20, 2014

by Best Best & Krieger LLP on

Public servants with the utmost integrity also need to be aware of what is happening ethically around the state. In today’s climate, every public agency’s image is impacted by the missteps or misconduct of others. Below...more

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